The problem with the movie is they were not really fighting to protect their country. They were capturing slaves, which Dahomey sold. Most were shipped to Brazil, the Caribbean and other nations on the other side of the Atlantic.
The women warriors were pretty awesome, according to Meilan Solly, the associate editor of history at Smithsonian magazine.
Solly wrote, “At its height in the 1840s, the West African kingdom of Dahomey boasted an army so fierce that its enemies spoke of its ‘prodigious bravery.’ This 6,000-strong force, known as the Agojie, raided villages under cover of darkness, took captives and slashed off resisters’ heads to return to their king as trophies of war. Through these actions, the Agoije established Dahomey’s preeminence over neighboring kingdoms and became known by European visitors as Amazons due to their similarities to the warrior women of Greek myth.”
By captives, she means slaves.
The world needs more women leaders…sweet, demure, kind souls who lead with only grace and beneficence……?
Personally, I think some women can be as cold, if not moreso than men. For men, sometimes the emotional costs fly over their heads. For women who’ve gone this extreme route, they can feel the cost, calculate it, and decide it’s acceptable if it benefits them. That’s another level of cruelty.